June 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a defeat Thursday to public employee unions in a case from California, ruling that unions must win approval in advance from dissenting members before they collect extra dues in mid-year to pay for a political campaign. The dispute turned on a relatively small amount of money, but one that involved an important principle of the 1stAmendment. The case also carried echoes of the recent fights in Wisconsin and other states over limiting the power of public employee unions.
March 28, 2009 |
Whether you label it the "card check" bill or the Employee Free Choice Act, you can also call it something else -- in deep trouble. Key senators this week appeared to cripple prospects for passing the highly polarizing measure, the labor movement's top priority in Congress, which is aimed at making it easier for workers to join unions. The latest hurdle came Friday, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she would seek alternative legislation that was less divisive.
February 26, 1991 |
Recent confessions of past sins and claims of independence by leaders of the giant labor unions in the Soviet Union are surprising, even in light of more dramatic political and social upheavals throughout that country. Drastic changes are also going on in labor unions throughout Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, these exciting developments have not resolved disputes among unions in Western countries over their relations with unions in the former Soviet Bloc.
April 20, 2013 |
They call him Mr. Wonderful. But Kevin O'Leary was recently engaged in one of his less-than-wonderful rants, the kind familiar to anyone who loves to hate him on ABC's "Shark Tank. " "If I were the president of the United States, I would make unions illegal," O'Leary declared, between sips of Cabernet during a Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "They no longer serve a functional purpose in democracy, in my view. "My problem with unions is they breed mediocrity," the 58-year-old former educational software mogul turned investor added, warming to his topic.
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February 9, 2003 |
Directors of Hollywood's two main performers unions took their first major step Saturday toward meshing the two groups under a new umbrella labor organization that would represent actors, broadcasters and recording artists. In a nationwide videoconference meeting, the boards of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists approved a broad set of principles aimed at folding the two labor groups into a new 150,000-member union.
July 10, 2012 |
The Democrats are holding their convention in a right-to-work state, and Republicans are promoting the efforts of governors across the country to scale back collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. So what's a union member to do to show disapproval with both parties? Attend a rally before both conventions in Philadelphia, apparently. Unions will hold a Workers Stand for America rally on Aug. 11 in Philadelphia in an effort to draw attention to labor issues before both conventions.
February 22, 2007
Re "State of the unions," Opinion, Feb. 17 Russell Roberts claims that cleaning people routinely earn $20 an hour. They must be the cleaning people who work in ivory towers. Roberts suggests that a better way to increase wages is to make workers more productive. When they become less productive because of age or injury, simply plug in a young guy. Perhaps distinguished scholar Roberts should take a sabbatical and get his fingernails dirty in a real job. FRANK PIMENTEL Rolling Hills Estates I am amazed that an educated person in this country would advocate for unions.
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October 21, 2013 |
OAKLAND -- Bay Area Rapid Transit management and union leaders emerged from negotiations late Monday to announce an end to the four-day regional rail strike, which sent hundreds of thousands of commuters scrambling to find alternatives to the 104-mile system. The strike by BART's two largest unions stung its 400,000 weekday ridership more sharply Monday than it had on Friday, as residents who had taken a long weekend or worked from home scrambled for buses, ferries and carpools -- or sat for hours in gridlocked traffic.
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September 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates trying to place initiatives on California's ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month. The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. However, critics say the bill would unfairly empower unions - their members would be counted as volunteers even if they're on labor's payroll. Phil Ung of California Common Cause said the measure would do little to remove the influence of big money on the initiative process while giving an unfair advantage to unions.
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April 29, 2008 |
An alliance of public employee unions said Monday that they oppose a plan by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to impose six employee furloughs, or unpaid days off. The Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents about 22,000 workers, said it does not believe Villaraigosa has the legal authority to force workers to take six furlough days during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Deputy Mayor Sean Clegg said Villaraigosa already has a legal opinion from City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo stating that he can impose "short-term layoffs" on city workers.